As much as you love them, every now and again getting some time out from the kids is crucial to your sanity. Being a parent is hard work and it never stops! If you don’t manage to get a little alone time during the week, you could soon end up feeling burnt out, run down and extremely stressed.
If you struggle to get a little “me time”, below you’ll discover some great ways for parents to enjoy time out from the kids.
Wake up a little earlier
Ok, so this one may not appeal to you, especially if you have younger children and you struggle to get enough sleep as it is! However, getting up even just a little bit earlier, gives you some much-needed time alone.
You can spend the time doing absolutely anything. Whether it’s simply enjoying a cup of coffee in peace while you catch up on the news or listening to a little music on your iPod – getting up earlier can give you time for yourself every single day.
Use the power of technology
Speaking of music, a great way to enjoy a little time out, especially if you’re feeling stressed out, is to turn on the music. Set up your child’s favourite DVD to keep them occupied, then listen to music on your iPod or tablet.
It helps to invest in some good quality headphones for this purpose. The popular Beats by Dre headphones for example, will provide a fully immersive experience, while cancelling out the noise. You’ll be surprised just how much more relaxed you feel after listening to your favourite music. Obviously, this idea is best suitable to those with older children who are able to be left unsupervised.
Set up a give and take system with your partner
Some parents find a give and take system works well when it comes to getting time out. For example, you could set up a system with your partner where one of you watches the kids while the other has a few hours to themselves. Then, next time the other watches the kids. It’s a fair system which works really well.
These are just some genius ideas to ensure you and your partner enjoy a little you time. Remember, taking time out every now and again isn’t selfish – it’s a necessary requirement in order to de-stress and recharge your batteries.
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